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Buster Olney believes Phillies could snag Bryce Harper from Nationals

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Buster Olney believes Phillies could snag Bryce Harper from Nationals

The Phillies' organization has the bankroll, they have the payroll flexibility and they want to compete ASAP. That is to say: they're players for the big guys.

That was put on display this offseason with the likes of Carlos Santana and more recently Jake Arrieta.

Phillies owner John Middleton said earlier in the week he had Arrieta's name circled for years as a potential free-agent target. Middleton also has big names circled for the future.

But who?

"That’s a conversation for another day," Middleton said in Clearwater. "But, trust me, they are circled."

A betting man would guess that Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper's name has some bright red sharpie all around it in Middleton's notebook.

Speaking of betting men, ESPN's Buster Olney would wager a hefty sum that Harper ends up in Philly or stays in D.C. Here's what Olney had to say on his "Sign Of The Times" podcast Tuesday when asked about Harper getting a $400 million deal next offseason.

"Just before I recorded this podcast, I bumped into Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras who is of course the agent for Bryce Harper. I didn't ask Scott this, but I guarantee you what he would say is, 'Buster, teams pay for talent.' And Bryce Harper is a transcendent talent. I still think he has a chance to push the deal to $400 million. I would bet the family farm that Harper ends up with the Phillies or back with the Washington Nationals."

So you're telling us there's a (legitimately decent) chance!?

Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Just how ridiculous is the Bryce Harper saga right now? Even the Eagles' social media team is getting in on poking fun at Twitter’s most infamous source of MLB news.

Heyman, a well-respected member of the MLB media community, has earned such a dig by the Eagles from his nonstop posts about MLB free agency that don’t seem to advance the story or provide new information.

In fact, each one of his tweets are now met with memes and replies poking fun at that very fact.

He is, however, still breaking news and has been on the forefront of the Manny Machado, Bryce Harper beat. However, the length of time both of these megastars have taken to make their decision is hurting Heyman’s Twitter clout. Or, is Heyman hurting himself, posting so many updates that go nowhere?

Either way, the Eagles' social media team probably came up with this idea, asked someone if they thought it was funny and they said, “Sure, why not, let’s post it.”

This is another reminder of the level of lunacy this MLB offseason has reached. Fortunately, the Phillies will play a real baseball game on Friday and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will have its first broadcast of the spring this Saturday.

As for now, we continue to wait.

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Don't get too excited about Alshon Jeffery wanting Eagles to bring back kelly green uniforms

Don't get too excited about Alshon Jeffery wanting Eagles to bring back kelly green uniforms

Things have been pretty quiet on the Eagles front the past few weeks aside from the Nick Foles' franchise tag watch. Heck, even their home stadium has turned its turf to the hockey world this week as the Flyers are set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins outside in South Philadelphia this weekend.

So it seems as good a time as any to talk about the Birds bringing back their kelly green uniforms.

Their star wide receiver would love it.

Alshon Jeffery sparked this discussion last night when he tweeted at former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski about those sweet old-timey green uniforms.

"Can we bring these uniforms back @Eagles...," Jeffery tweeted.

Philly fans have been saying the same thing for years. Obviously, there are obstacles. But the Eagles have said in the past year that they've been working on those hurdles.

Team owner Jeffrey Lurie spoke about the second helmet issue at the owners' meetings last March.

“What we’re hoping to have happen ... the whole key is we want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jersey. We’re trying to get the league to allow a second helmet. That’s where it’s at. They very much know we want this and we want it badly. We’re waiting," Lurie said.

Here's what the NFL told us back in March:

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay told NBC Sports Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon that the opposition to the possible rule change is a safety issue, not one of cost. Basically, the older rule is in place because they wanted each player fitted correctly for one helmet per season. McKay seemed optimistic the rule might eventually change.

There was no change in the rules for the 2018 season.

And while the Eagles have publicly stated their desire to bring back the kelly green unis, there have been rumors inside the Eagles' locker room that Lurie actually can't stand the kelly green uniforms, that he associates them with the old regime's philosophy before he took over the franchise.

So, maybe you'll see kelly green on Jeffery someday. Or maybe you won't. 

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